IR – Shadow Wars

Cousin It, (which is me and Sav) recently completed a remix for Shadow Wars,  the next installment of political discourse from I.R.
The following video in collaboration with EarthRitual, is based around Deeder Zaman’s contribution, “Us & Us”. Examining one of the broader themes of the song, the genocide that happened to the indigenous people of Brazil and the more recent murder of Pataxo warrior Galdino Jesus Dos Santos.  The video spotlights the activities of activists in diverse places like Brazil and Colombia to bring awareness about the case of Galdino and continuing genocide against indigenous peoples.

Shadow Wars will be released later this month.  See DubReality blog for more information:

Adrian Sherwood at Rough Trade East

30 Years of On-U Sound
An evening with Adrian Sherwood
Disturbing The Comfortable, Comforting The Disturbed

Since 1981, with label boss and producer Adrian Sherwood at the helm, On-U Sound has released over 100 albums and singles and has launched the careers of, and inspired, an endless list of artists.

In celebration of this cult British label reaching the grand age of 30 years, On-U Sound and Rough Trade East are putting together an exclusive London in-store special event.  Thursday October 27th  a rare in-person Q&A between Adrian Sherwood and Steve Barker of the highly respected BBC radio show, On The Wire . Followed by a mind-bending DJ ‘head-to-head’ between Adrian Sherwood and reggae maestro musician/producer, Dennis Bovell.

On-U Sound and Rough Trade will also collaborate to release an exclusive and limited New Age Steppers 7″ vinyl collectors’ item. Featuring the track Fade Away, the A-Side of the first ever single to be released by On-U Sound in 1981, the single will be backed by a sneak preview track from the brand new forthcoming New Age Steppers album to be released in 2012.

Unique, maverick and massively respected, On-U Sound is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most influential independent labels. Never straying far from the cutting edge, it has contributed to a strikingly diverse soundtrack to chaotic post-punk, post-colonial Britain.

Do it, you know it’s right.

More info

Foto: Jacked from SLF

Ear Con74 – Monitor One

Alesis Monitor One’s are what sit in front of me. It is through those that I listen and learn.

They carried the bliss and bass of Krts into my brain several times since arriving in my inbox.  If dreamscape sonics of Burial and Cosmogramma by Flying Lotus are your thing, then you have another place to lie your weary bones.  Another soother is Amenta, a Toronto-born singer, that’s dropped her luscious talents with the likes of Mau’lin, Blue Daisy, Om Unit, to name three.  Next month the label First Word present ‘Sacred Places’, five tracks of beautiful experimentation. This stuff expands the beat scene into pastures fresh.

Did i mention beats?  New isht from El-P via Adult Swim, a taster from his forthcoming album which I think will be titled ‘Cure for Cancer’.

I gotta split now, heading to Rototom Festival with Adrian Sherwood and Ghetto Priest, get a taste of the Adrian control via the opener Space Movements, classic dub moving in a fresh direction, and this was over twenty years ago.

Tune in via eFM tomorrow at 16h CET, or Tuesday at 22h GMT+1 via Sunhole.

Thanks to all singers and players.

Ear Con74 – Monitor One

Creation Rebel / Space Movement 1 (on-u Sounds)
Amenta / Stormy Weather (first word)
Radiohead / Bloom
Owiny Sigoma Band / Doyoi Nyajo Nan – Quantic remix (brownswood)
Mighty Zulu Nation / Impi – Black Fist Mix
Krts / Hold On (project mooncircle)
King Midas Sound / Goodbye Girl (hyperdub)
Pritch & Trim / Stereotype (planet mu)
El-P / Drones Over Brooklyn (adult swim)
Jay Scarlett / Slide Away (project mooncircle)
Beastie Boys / Make Some Noise – The Bug Remix (capitol/emi)
Death Grips / Culture Shock (thirdworlds)
Machinedrum / TMPL (planet mu)
Krts / Hold On – Glenn Astro Remix (project mooncircle)
Slum Village / Go Ladies Beat (wordplay/virgin)

This Land is Not For Sale

Coming soon from Indigenous Resistance, ‘This Land Is Not For Sale’.  Contributors include Dr. Das, Asian Dub Foundation, Ramjac, Visionary Underground, Fatta (Jamaica), Adrian Sherwood, and myself.  There’s also gonna be some Spanish versions packed in there also.
What is Indigenous Resistance?  It’s a revolutionary musical collective creating crucial pan-global collaborations between indigenous cultures from the jungles, favelas and barrios with those in the industrialized world who work their musical magic in mixing studios and on laptops. IR releases are completely autonomous self-funded works achieved through barter, little money, but an abundance of commitment and co-operation.  Are you part of IR?
More juice here….
To the Ghost:  Hold one of dem Mark Stewart shirts for me please!

On-U Sound / Adrian Sherwood – 30 Years at The Controls

“Rock and roll, what an empty generation.”

One of the initial notices of existence regarding the On-U Sound crew was the Major Malfunction album credited to drummer Keith LeBlanc, with Doug Wimbish on bass, Skip McDonald, keys and guitar and Adrian Sherwood mixing.  The cut up samples, robotic yet human nature of this work, it’s subtle and direct political nature, crossing racial lines, embracing the good, the bad and the damn ugly, percussion concussions, grabbed me by both ears and slammed me headfirst into many a speaker stack.

“Technology works, technology delivers.”

The search began, reading album sleeves, seeing the same names pop up, remixes by Adrian Sherwood here and there, Tackhead, Sugarhill musical crew of Wimbish, LeBlanc and McDonald. Listening to African Head Charge on my Walkman, sounds panning from the left side of my head to the right and seemingly moving to the front lobe then back, pausing midway to drop some rootical knowledge and dub science.  A psychedelic Africa indeed, never heard anything like that before.

“Adjust the treble and bass.”

So enamored with this sound when in London, I knocked on the door of the address that was  on the sleeves of these’On-U Sound’ productions.  A Japanese woman opened the door of the house, “Uh, is this On U Sound, I’m looking for Adrian Sherwood?”  The woman who introduced herself as Kishi invited me in.  In my head, juvenile enthusiasm was on, I was saying “Damn, that’s Kishi, Kishi!” Kishi Yamamoto was Adrian’s wife back then and she was responsible for the majority of the label artwork and also played keyboards. They didn’t know me from Jack, I arrived unannounced but yet here a fresh pimply yout’ living in Toronto who had a program on CKLN Radio was now standing in the living room / mixing studio of musical royalty, being offered tea, and more records to fuel my program and passion.  A massive mixing desk was on the wall, yes, on the wall, not on a table as normal,  it took up less space this way.

Pay It All Back

I used to have a cassette that had the first Public Enemy album on one side and on the other was “As The Veneer of Democracy Starts To Fade”, by Mark Stewart and The Maffia.  That shit was coarse, nothing like it existed before, apart from Public Enemy in a way, that’s why that cassette was so important to me.  Those two albums showed the possibilities that existed and they still do to this day.  When revolution has become a marketing tool and rebellion stale, put on those albums now, as the charge is still there, ready to inspire and set fire.  The world of control domination politics, statistics that blow minds, sounds that carry the hurt and aspirations. Reflect the time of the past, then and now. Techniques are being constantly refined to maintain the status quo that has been in place for hundreads of years  – yes that’s how I spell hundred.

You gotta check The Quietus interview with Adrian, it delves deep, really sets the record straight as to the conditions of the time that went into creating such an influential sounds.  Adrian and crew have touched thousands, from Massive Attack – vocalist Shara Nelson worked with Adrian that’s how come they knew her, Depeche Mode, Adrian did several remixes for them, Peter Gabriel,  Living Colour, Primal Scream – Echo Dek, what a great piece of work.

Me and my man Angus and a quite a few others would travel across London or up and down the country to catch On U Sound nights, legendary, two queues, one to get in, one to get out, ha!

You get the drift, enough blabbing from me, check that article and seek should you feel what’s been written.

Kevin Martin talks The Bug, King Midas Sound, Adrian Sherwood

 

Somebody who is influenced by Crass, Discharge, 23 Skidoo, Killing Joke, Public Image Limited, Joy Division, The Birthday Party, On-U Sound, SunnO))), The Bomb Squad, Kode9, Steely and Clevie and Dave Kelly can’t be that bad can they?

Up now at The Quietus, a freshly brewed interview with the K-Mart.

On ideas for the next Bug album,”….. it’ll be like The Buena Vista Social Club on crack.”

Something to look forward to.

In the meanwhile we’ll have a King Midas remix project and The Bug’s London Zoo in Dub featuring Adrian Sherwood to contend with….life’s shit innit?

William Burroughs Documentary

Dangerous Minds have been on fire lately, pulling all manner of musical, political, social, weird shit out of the wired world.  They recently provided a link to the BBC program Arena and their documentary of the William of Burroughs.  Top business.  Tons of my favourite audio  come from him, that gravely voice from beyond addressing the governments and syndicates of the world “Pay it all back.”, yes, as used by the On-U Sound stable: Keith le Blanc, Mark Stewart, Tackhead, Adrian Sherwood,… and who knows who else.

THE LAST WORDS OF HASSAN SABBAH

”Don’t let them see us, don’t tell them what we are doing!
Premature, premature, reconversion, reconversion blues.”

Shall I show them the blues?

“No! No! No!
Premature! Premature! Premature!”

Are these the words of the all powerful boards and syndicates of the Earth?
I say to all: these words are not premature, these words may be too late.

Minutes to go. Minutes to go. Minutes to goo. Minutes to green goo.
What I have to say is everywhere now
Rub out the word Jew and you rub out the word Hitler
The answer comes before the question
My words are for all – for all,
I repeat for all!
No one is excluded!
Free to all who pay, free to all who paying pay, for all to see,
for all to see!
In Piccadilly, in Times Square, Place de la Concorde,
In all the streets and plazas of the world!

Pay, pay, pay!
Play it all, play it all, play it all back!
Pay it all, pay it all, pay it all back!

The documentary is viewable here

Dubversive LP

If your familiar with this page, Dr. Das and Deeder Zaman (Asian Dub Foundation), Underground Resistance, Adrian Sherwood, Michael Franti, you may be aware of their involvement with the label Indigenous Resistance.
With an ever growing army of concerned heads, the mission is to educate and inform about situations that exist around the First Nation people throughout South and North America.

Next up on IR’s release schedule is IR25, the ‘Dubversive’ LP.  Recorded and mixed in Brasil, Colombia, Mexico, Solomon Islands, Sosolakam, South Pacific, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston, England, Jamaica, Germany and Canada . This is an album made with no budget, no mega studios, no A& R department, just dub people colloboarating across artificial borders, donating their time and energy to put some righteous dub into this world. There is some special visual dub in the works  in conjunction with the launch of the album with grafitti artist, Chite Yarumo in Colombia, see image above. Musical contributions from Christiane D., Benjamin Zephaniah,  Jah 9, Mad Mike Banks/UR, Ramjac, the aforementioned Dr. Das, Deeder, myself with some subtle guitar movements from Arka (Break & Culture).

Available via iTunes

More juice on IR and Dubversive here